The past few years have been bonkers. Throughout 2016 and 2017, massive eclipses, retrogrades, and planetary shifts scorched the cosmos, causing political, social, and cultural upheaval here on Earth.
Alas, 2018 is going to be yet another intense orbit, featuring extremely rare astral occurrences, a brutal retrograde season (all planets will reverse in 2018), and fiveheavy-duty eclipses. But don’t fret, cosmic warriors, there is a silver lining! As the planets shift into Earth sign constellations, 2018 will offer a grounded, pragmatic energy. By the end of 2018, the path to our goals will be clearly illuminated.
2018 will be a year in two acts. January 1 kicks off with a full moon in Cancer, activating the astral axis associated with home and work. On a macro level, the lunar motion on New Year’s Day will create a dynamic opposition between the people — particularly women, as represented by the moon in Cancer — and the traditional establishment, as represented by the sun in Capricorn. This tension will continue to swell throughout the year, finally breaking on July 12 during a solar eclipse in Cancer. This solar eclipse will trigger a beginning, activating the next series of eclipses that will occur over the following two years.
While July’s solar eclipse in Cancer begins a new story, we are still in the midst of another narrative. The four other eclipses in 2018 — which occur on January 31, February 15, July 27, and August 11 — activate the Leo and Aquarius axis, continuing a journey that began in August 2016 and climaxed during the “Great American Eclipse” on August 21, 2017. Last summer, we discovered what we needed to release from our lives. These next four eclipses will help us to actualize this release. When the final eclipse of this series occurs on January 21, 2019, we will have officially completed the chapter.
For readers who still use a paper calendar, grab a giant marker and circle January 15, April 14, and September 12. On these dates, generous Jupiter connects with transformative Pluto, forming an extremely magical (and very rare) alignment. Eclipses often bring abrupt and shocking transformation, but the Jupiter and Pluto bond — in astrospeak, this bond is called a sextile — encourages positive growth. This is an important year for self-actualization, cosmic warrior, so allow these dates to serve as your personal checkpoints to ensure that you’re truly living your best life!
On May 15, Uranus moves into Taurus, beginning its eight-year tour across the Earth sign constellation. Since March 2011, Uranus — the planet associated with uprisings, revolutions, and shocking events — has been cruising through Aries, the fiery constellation associated with impulsive actions. When Uranus glides into Taurus, the rebellious planet becomes increasingly focused on tangible transformation. Taurus governs money and the economy (the bull is the symbol of Wall Street), so it’s likely our market structures will experience radical change over the next eight years.
For the majority of 2018, Jupiter’s journey through brooding Scorpio shines a light on societal secrets and illicit misconduct. On November 8, however, Jupiter says au revoir to Scorpio and prances into the Sagittarius constellation. Jupiter is Sagittarius’ native ruler, so this transit serves as a cosmic homecoming, one filled with optimism, enthusiasm, and renewed energy. From November 8 through December 2, 2019, philosophy, travel, and discovery will be front and center. Fortune will be kind to our efforts to philosophize, ideate, and innovate.
By the end of the year, three planets will be occupying their native signs: Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn, and Neptune in Pisces. When in their corresponding constellations, these planets will function at their highest vibrations. A much-needed sense of stability and groundedness will mark the end of 2018. We’ll leave the year with a far deeper understanding of how to move toward a better world.
Aries is always up for a challenge, and 2018 is definitely going to serve up a few. Through most of 2018, expansive Jupiter cruises through Scorpio, illuminating the area of your chart associated with emotional transformation. This energy can be a bit intense for impulsive Aries, who prefers to live in the moment rather than dwell on the past.
Friends may become lovers this year, Taurus, so watch out for romance arriving in unexpected places. Cuffing season will span winter, spring, summer, and fall. That’s just fine by you, darling Taurus, as cozying up with your boo is one of your favorite pastimes.
This is a big year for you, darling Gemini, so get ready for lots of epic transformation! With generous Jupiter cruising through your sixth house of health and wellness, fortune will shine on your ability to carve out time for self-care. I know you can effortlessly juggle virtually everything, darling Gemini, but in 2018, make sure you’re also scheduling time to nurture your mind, body, and soul.
Like their animal symbol, the crab, Cancers are known to swiftly sidestep unpleasant situations. But in 2018, you won’t want to shuffle away as quickly as you usually do, darling Cancer. Jupiter in like-minded water sign Scorpio activates your fifth house, the beautifully inspired area of your chart associated with arts and romance.
The past two years have been extra intense for you, darling Leo, as major eclipses since August 2016 have turned your world upside down. Though this narrative is not completely over, Jupiter’s movement into Scorpio will encourage you to step out of the spotlight for a moment and focus on building a peaceful home base.
Communication is super important to Virgos, who are constantly processing and perfecting. Though Virgos love examining (and maybe even judging), you’ll be more inclined to explore self-expression than analysis over the next year. Throughout 2018, Jupiter — the planet of expansion — will cruise through Scorpio in your sociable third house.
Throughout most of 2018, Jupiter — the planet of expansion — spins through the Scorpio constellation, activating the area of your chart associated with personal finances, material possessions, and self-worth. Money is on your mind, darling Libra, and there will be lots of it! Jupiter cruises through your second house every 12 years, so this bountiful transit is not to be taken lightly.
Why, hello, Scorpio! 2018 is your year, darling: Jupiter — the planet of expansion, fortune, and abundance — is cruising across your own constellation. It takes Jupiter 12 years to cycle through the zodiac, so this extremely lucky transit will not occur again until 2030. Lean into it!
Big changes abound, Sagittarius darling! For the majority of 2018, your planetary ruler, Jupiter, prances across the Scorpio sky, a motion that reverberates throughout your deeply psychological twelfth house. The twelfth house is associated with psychic powers, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality.
Things get real in 2018, Capricorn love. Jupiter — the planet of expansion — moves into Scorpio, the area of your chart associated with your greater community. Though hardworking goats often prefer to climb the mountain alone, this year will encourage you to remember the value of teamwork, friendship, and your extended network.
Corner office? Yes, please. Throughout 2018, generous Jupiter cruises through Scorpio, highlighting your tenth house of professional advancement. This is an extremely auspicious time to make big moves in your career, Aquarius! In fact, lucky Jupiter only enters this area of your chart every 12 years, so really lean in.
Throughout 2018, expansive Jupiter cruises through Scorpio, activating the area of your chart associated with discovery, adventure, and long-distance travel. Pisces is represented by the fish, and when lucky Jupiter illuminates your explorative ninth house, you’ll definitely be inspired to set sail. /BY ALIZA KELLY FARAGHER